Breadcrumb Trail

by Slint


Lyrics for Breadcrumb Trail by Slint:

Part I- Spoken
I stepped out onto the midway. I was looking for the pirate ship and saw this small, old white tent at one end. It was blue and had white lights hanging all around it

I decided to check out the tent, it seemed I could hear music coming from inside. As I walked toward it, I passed a crowd of people at the sideshow. I couldn't figure out why they would want to wait in line

I pulled back the drape thing on the tent. There was a crystal ball at the table, and behind it, a girl wearing a hat. She smiled, and asked me if I wanted my fortune read. I said okay and sat down. I thought about it for a minute, and asked her if she would rather go on the roller coaster instead

Part II
Creeping up into the sky
Stopping, at the top, and then starting down
The girl grabbed my hand, I clutched it tight
I said good-bye to the ground

Far below, a soiled man. A bucket of torn tickets at his side. He watches the children run by. And cleans his teeth

Spinning round, my head begins to turn
I shouted, and searched the sky for a friend
I heard the fortune teller, screaming back at me
We stuck out our hands and met the wind

The girl falters as she steps down from the platform. She clutches her stomach, and begins to heave. The ticket-taker smiles, and the last car is ready. "Who told you that you could leave?"

Part III- Spoken
The sun was setting by the time we left. We walked across the deserted lot, alone. We were tired, but we managed to smile

At the gate I said goodnight to the fortune teller. The carnival sign threw colored shadows on her face, but I could tell she was blushing

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Song Facts

“Breadcrumb Trail” serves as the opener to Slint’s masterpiece of an album, Spiderland, and does well to set the tone of the album. The instruments and vocals follow their patented loud-soft dynamic, starting slow with very understated spoken word and guitar riff, and transitions abruptly into powerful and loud singing and instrumentation.

Lyrically, the song is a straightforward love story of a boy meeting a fortune-teller at a carnival. The two ride a roller coaster during the climax of the song. Similarities can be drawn with Gabriel García Márquez' story “One Hundred Years Of Solitude” where a boy meets a gypsy and falls in love with her in a very similar and mysterious fashion.

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